Programs of Study

The School of Languages and Cultures offers graduate study leading to the M.A. degree in French, German, Japanese and Spanish (with tracks in literature or applied linguistics) and the Ph.D. degree in French, German, and Spanish. M.A. and Ph.D. degrees are also granted in Applied Linguistics/Foreign Language Acquisition. In addition, the School of Languages and Cultures participates in curriculum for the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees granted by the Program in Comparative Literature.

A minimum of 30 hours of graduate-level course work is required for the M.A. (24 hours for the M.A. thesis option). For the Ph.D., 60 hours of course work beyond the B.A. are required, along with a dissertation (30 credit hours of research). For full-time students, the M.A. program normally takes four semesters to complete. Graduate students receive college-level teaching experience while pursuing their degrees. Because of the favorable faculty-student ratio, individual guidance of student programs of study is possible, and graduate classes and seminars are small.

Research Facilities

The Purdue University libraries hold book and periodical collections of more than two million volumes, housed in fourteen school and departmental libraries. The Humanities, Social Science, and Education Research Library maintains a continuing acquisitions program and is equipped for research at the master's and doctoral levels. These resources are supplemented by the three million items of research materials held by the Center for Research Libraries in Chicago. Purdue is within easy driving distance of three major research libraries at the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois, and Indiana University, and Purdue faculty members and graduate students have browsing and borrowing privileges at all three. Further, Purdue’s inter-library loan system connects with hundreds of other universities.


Purdue University's main campus is located in West Lafayette, Indiana, on the banks of the Wabash River in Tippecanoe County. West Lafayette and its twin city, Lafayette, have a combined population of 96,736 people. The cities and campus are served by major intercity bus lines and limo service to Chicago, which is 126 miles to the northwest. The campus is approximately one hour's drive from Indianapolis and a little more than two hours by car from the University of Illinois and Indiana University, as well as the city of Chicago. Purdue is the cultural center of northwest Indiana, providing a rich variety of film, theater, concert, and lecture series.

West Lafayette and Lafayette both offer a wide variety of activities that contribute to student life - Art, music, and cultural festivals play a central role in the Arts of the two cities. In addition to having rich historical and architectural sites, such as Fort Ouiatenon, a fur trading post from 1717, and downtown architectural tours, West Lafayette and Lafayette are home to many breweries and great places to eat. There is a wide variety of trails and parks for the nature lovers, as well as family friendly activities and agritourism.  

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The University 

Founded in 1869, Purdue is the Indiana link in the chain of sixty-eight land-grant colleges and universities in the United States. The University enrolls students from all fifty states and many foreign nations; 42% of the students are women. Purdue has five campuses and a faculty of 1,963 on the West Lafayette campus. Thirteen schools/colleges form the academic nucleus of Purdue's main campus.

The University fosters an environment based on building community. Students can find and participate in a wide variety of activities, such as athletics and recreation, graduate student oriented clubs and organizations, as well as arts and entertainment.

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Applications are accepted throughout the year. Prospective graduate students who are native speakers of English are required to take the GRE exam. Scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations are required for admission. Applicants should plan to take the GRE as early as possible. 
For international applicants whose native language is not English, the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must be submitted to the Purdue University Graduate School. All degree-seeking international applicants are required to have a minimum TOEFL score of 213 on the computer-based test, 550 on the written test, or 77 (with a minimum of 18 on writing, 18 on speaking, 14 on listening and 19 on reading) on the internet-based test. We also accept the IELTS test with a minimum score of 6.5 and the Pearson Test of Spoken English with a minimum score of 58.

Our application deadline for Fall semester is December 12.

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